Social Networks Encourage ‘Extreme Thinness’
Twitter, Instagram accounts promote ‘extreme thinness’ , social media posts promoting extremely unhealthy body types, Worrying increase in promotion of anorexia on social media sites..
Many hashtags linked to pictures of young girls with bony bones are blooming on the canvas. A new English study shows that this phenomenon is to be taken seriously because it would promote eating disorders.
Most anorexia affects young girls aged 14 to 17. This behavioral disorder leads to a strict and voluntary food deprivation for several months or even years. In France 230,000 women would be affected. A new study, conducted by the University of Exeter in England, looked at the impact of social networks in this disease. The results are published in the Journal of Eating Disorder.
A new way to apologize for thinness
#thinspiration, #bonespiration, #respiration … All these tags, banned one after the other, do not stop blooming on the web. Even if, since 2012, the keywords that can promote eating disorders are forbidden, Internet users each time adopt new alternatives to share their photos feeding a cult of thinness. With prominent hips, well-defined ribs, clavicles and exposed vertebral columns, the goal is to brag about your skeletal appearance and inspire others to achieve the same emaciated appearance. The study shows that broadcast images are becoming increasingly extreme.
After analyzing more than 730 photos posted by girls and young women on social networks such as Twitter and Instagram, researchers in psychology found that new hashtags, replacing forbidden ones, transmitted increasingly bad images. Academics fear that social networks have replaced pro-anorexia websites and become an easy way to access eating disorders by contributing to a distorted view of their own bodies.
Nevertheless, the authors of the study argue that the prohibition of these markers listing these photos is useless, because there will always be new ones. They advocate a removal of these images, just as they would with illegal pornography, and an awareness in schools about a “positive body image” to alleviate any external pressures encouraging weight loss.